Thea English

Thea English

Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and legendary percussionist Bill Summers give Latin jazz fans a history lesson with their latest release, Vol. 4: Vodou Dance. Mayfield, a New Orle…
Sensual, breezy and classy. This is the best description of Fay Claasen's latest CD, Rhythms and Rhymes. Her voice resembles Dianne Reeves but has her own unique sty…
The Scott Amendola Band blends avant garde, rock and blues on their CD, Cry. It is a CD that stretches the boundaries of contemporary jazz without going too far out.…
The Marc Copland Trio takes a new approach to traditional ballads on their CD Haunted Heart and Other Ballads. It's a relaxing CD that combines the old and new harmo…
Antonio Carlos Jobim
He is the grand marshal of bossa nova. His music reminds you of a sunny day at the beach and his smooth, baritone voice is romantic. In addition, the melodic piano tunes are breathtaking and relaxing. The background violin sounds make you feel like you're at a symphony. Some of my favorite tunes are Ela E Carioca, Passarim, The Girl From Ipanema and Aguas de Marco,which he sings with Elis Regina. Some of the CDs I recommend are Elis …
WWOZ is truly a musical gumbo. It is a delicious mixture of spicy flavors that contribute to this city's beautiful and rich heritage. I've listened to this station for seven years and it is fantastic! To be satirical, I'll describe this station metaphorically.

The main ingredient in this gumbo is a quart of jazz music. Every weekday afternoon dedicated and enthusiastic disc jockeys play the best in classic and modern jazz. You can hear great legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald,Bi …

I remember the first time I attended Jazz Fest. I was in my freshman year in college and a group of teachers brought us. When I arrived there, it was amazing! There were thousands of people walking around with bottles of water, beer, Cokes and sno-balls. The tents featured various styles of music;gospel, jazz, blues, and world music. I loved the jazz tent the most. The beautiful sounds of the piano, trumpet and saxophone were breathtaking. I visited the food vendors and the amount of delicacies …
29.01.2011

Timeless Treasures

Published in Jazz Viewpoints
All Blues

If you're looking for a sensual, poetic and harmonious song, then this is the one. Miles Davis plays the trumpet in a mellow and unified way and this is truly a gem. He and John Coltrane work really well on this song and I give it a rating of five glasses of Zinfandel.

A Night in Tunisia

I'm always reminded of Latin jazz when I hear this song. It has a mystic, subtle element and is danceable. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker do a fantastic job with this tune …

While listening to a Branford Marsallis interview on NPR, he stated that jazz is not for young folks. However, I think there are many young people out there who actually enjoy jazz. Here's my story.

It was an unusually hot March afternoon and I was flipping through the radio stations. Most of the urban disc jockeys played the same songs within five minutes of each other and and I wanted to hear something different. I was sixteen years old at the time. So I find this wonderful grassroots stati …

On Saturday nights I look forward to listening to NPR’s weekly program, Jazzset with Dee-Dee Bridgewater. She gives great interviews and goes beyond just announcing an artist’s name and song. She gives me the history behind them. I feel that this program preserves one of America’s most timeless music, jazz. And this is why I think Congress shouldn’t cut funding for programs such as NPR. NPR is really more than just a jazz station. It showcases other forms of music such as blues, country, classic …
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